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Hundreds of people are dead after Egyptian security forces unleashed a deadly crackdown today to clear camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. For weeks, the interim government has vowed to crush the demonstrations. They made good on that promise with a chaotic and bloody operation that began at dawn. Security forces stormed two massive makeshift camps in Cairo, using bulldozers to tear down tents. CNN’s Reza Sayah reports that authorities claim they initially used tear gas and water cannons to break up the protesters. They say Morsy protesters fired their guns first and they were forced to fire back. The gunfight went on for hours in Cairo, and the violence spread to other cities.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the violence. “Today's events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion, and genuine democracy,” he said at a news conference in Washington.
The stage was set for today’s violence back in early July when Morsy, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed from office. The military took action to remove Morsy after thousands of Egyptians filled the streets of Cairo demanding that he step down, just one year into his presidency. The protesters were upset Morsy hadn’t done more to fix the economy and accused him of forcing the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda onto the masses. Morsy hasn’t been seen in public since, but his supporters have filled the camps that were raided today and for weeks called on the new interim government to reinstate Morsy. Here’s the AC360 411 on the mess in Egypt:
At least 235
The number of civilians killed today, according to Egyptian TV.
At least 43
The number of Egyptian policemen killed in clashes today, according to the Egyptian Interior minister.
At least 278
The total number of deaths across Egypt today.
That’s the number of camps raided in Cairo.
It took 3 hours to clear one camp; a second camp was the target of a longer and bloodier operation
Morsy supporters filled the two camps for the past six weeks
Egypt’s vice president of foreign affairs, Mohammed ElBaradei, is the one member of the interim government to submit his resignation today. However, it was not accepted yet, according to state- run TV.
Egypt declared a one month-long state of emergency beginning at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), according to state television.
The year Morsy became Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
Morsy’s age when his birthday takes place on August 20.
Egypt’s estimated population, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The country’s estimated unemployment rate, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The amount of economic aid from the U.S. to Egypt each year, for health, education, and democracy programs.
The amount the U.S. gives in military aid to Egypt each year, much of it for equipment such as tanks and fighter jets.
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